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The Cottage Journal

The Cottage Journal Spring 2020

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The Cottage Journal features decorating ideas, style tips, creative inspiration, and delicious recipes - and now you can enjoy every single page on the tablet! Create a warmer, more magical home with the beauty of nature and The Cottage Journal!

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United States
Hoffman Media
5 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

HARMONY AT HOME From intricately crafted porcelain collectibles to the timeless charm of window boxes and rose-covered cottages, we are happy to present you with the Spring issue of The Cottage Journal. Knowing what you like and having your own style is a familiar concept for Juli Clendenin in “Craftsman in the City” on page 45. This Tennessee homeowner shares her love of things that bring her joy, like tiny bowls of trinkets dotted around her home and a wedding portrait of the original homeowners’ daughter. Sentimental and romantic in taste, this home has a unique style throughout. Once country dwellers, the couple now share their love for neighborhood events and plenty of family gatherings. Their craftsman bungalow includes a mix of heirloom antiques and modern flair, and their charming deep front…

2 min.
dainty yet durable

Originating in Limoges, France, this handcrafted, hand-painted enamelware has been synonymous with the city itself since the 18th century. Limoges porcelain boxes quickly became a status symbol due to their production for royalty. The tiny keepsake boxes were originally used as a place to store various items, from romantic mementos and jewelry to medicines and snuff. Ranging in a myriad of shapes, styles, and sizes, Limoges boxes offer today’s collectors the perfect personal, sentimental treasure. And while Limoges boxes are no longer carried around in one’s pocket as they were centuries ago, collectors like Pam Watts are still enamored with the timeless beauty and outstanding craftsmanship of the delicate yet durable treasures. Pam began collecting these exquisite porcelain boxes in the late 1980s. At that time, she owned a children’s shop on…

1 min.
gingerbread cottages

Just south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, awaits the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard. The island is composed of six towns, each bursting with coastal charm and a storied past. Perhaps the liveliest of the island’s towns, Oak Bluffs boasts quintessential cottage charm on nearly every street corner, particularly in its famed community of gingerbread cottages. The whimsical candy-colored cottages are iconic to Martha’s Vineyard. Built in the second half of the 1800s as Methodist camp meeting houses, the development is officially known as the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association and less formally as the Campground. The first camp meeting took place on these grounds in 1835 with church tents and a makeshift speaker’s stand. From that modest half-acre site, the community has grown into the 34-acre area that makes up the…

2 min.
creating an outdoor oasis

If you’re dreaming of a secluded sanctuary to create, garden, or entertain in, look no further than your own backyard. In her 10th book, Shed Style: Decorating Cabins, Huts, Pods, Sheds & Other Garden Rooms, Selina Lake shares inspiration for creating your outdoor oasis. The UK-based stylist and author knows the outdoor design process firsthand—she and her husband, Dave, transformed a neglected shed into a potter’s paradise, a journey she shares in more than 150 picture-filled pages. This book captures the allure of a secret hideaway as it takes you through garden rooms across Europe with styles ranging from industrial to rustic while also providing tips on how to create your own ideal garden escape. In the first few pages of inspiration, you’ll begin to identify your purpose in the garden,…

2 min.
market finds

3 min.
a blank canvas

When it came time for ceramic artist Susan Gordon and her husband to trade their bungalow for a house more suitable to their growing family, Susan knew that, rather than buy a finished home, she wanted something she could put her unique mark on. “We were trying to find basically the ugliest house on a good lot on a good street so we could redo it because I knew I would want to buy a house and make it mine,” she says. Once they found it, Susan, with the help of Willow Homes, worked her magic. The addition of an extra bedroom and bathroom provided needed space, and a rework of the layout created an openness between the living room and kitchen, which was relocated to the front corner of the…